Florida: Fantastic Waterlilies

Lavender Waterlily with “Sunflower” Center

Lovely White Lotus

Yellow Waterlily

Purple Waterlily with Red Center

Red Hibiscus

Vintage Movie: Woman Feeding Deer

Vintage Movie: Chimps Eating at Table

Summer is peak waterlily time at McKee Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida.  Lots of waterlilies are in bloom, along with many other beautiful flowers. There is always something new to see!  The park first opened as McKee Jungle Gardens in 1932 as one of Florida’s earliest roadside attractions.  At that time the park was much bigger and monkeys roamed the garden.  A vintage eight minute movie from 1939 named “A Man-Made Jungle” is always on display and fun to watch.  You can see it yourself at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zY7SZT1B-c    More info about McKee Gardens is at: http://www.mckeegarden.org/

McKee Gardens: Nature-Themed LEGO Art

Mallard with Ducklings and Egg

Mallard with Ducklings and Egg

 Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Flower


Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Flower

Giant White Triumphator Lily

Giant White Triumphator Lily

Hummingbird at Trumpet Flower

Hummingbird at Trumpet Flower

Milk Snake and Field Mouse

Milk Snake and Field Mouse

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 Pileated Woodpecker


Pileated Woodpecker

Bluebird on Feeder with LEGO Birdseed

Bluebird on Feeder with LEGO Birdseed

Bluebird on Sundial (really works!)

Bluebird on Sundial (really works!)

Garden Worker

Garden Worker

Rototiller

Rototiller

Currently on display at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, is the exhibit “Nature Connects:  Art with LEGO Bricks” by artist Sean Kenney (www.seankenney.com).  His goal is to inspire creativity.  These nature-themed LEGO sculptures are quite impressive!

Florida: McKee Gardens During the Holidays

Florida Christmas Decorations at Historic Hall of Giants

Florida Christmas Decorations at Historic Hall of Giants

Natural Tree with Birdhouse Ornaments

Natural Tree with Birdhouse Ornaments

Presents with Natural Decorations (dried lotus pods and wasp nests)

Presents with Natural Decorations (dried lotus pods and wasp nests)

Snowman on Luminaria Pathway

Snowman on Luminaria Pathway

Fabric Pandas Playing in Bamboo Forest

Fabric Pandas Playing in Bamboo Forest

Fabric Panda Standing Beside Bamboo

Fabric Panda Standing Beside Bamboo

Entrance Pond with Floating Flowers, Goldfish, and Bullfrog

Entrance Pond with Floating Flowers, Goldfish, and Bullfrog

Orange Fabric Goldfish and Flowers

Orange Fabric Goldfish and Flowers

Fabric Goldfish and Inflatable Bullfrog on Pond

Fabric Goldfish and Inflatable Bullfrog on Pond

Giant Inflatable Bullfrog on Pond

Giant Inflatable Bullfrog on Pond

Orange Fabric Goldfish at Pond

Orange Fabric Goldfish at Pond

Glass Ball Sculpture and  Floating Orange Fabric Flowers

Glass Ball Sculpture and Floating Orange Fabric Flowers

Floating Pink Fabric Flowers and Grasses

Floating Pink Fabric Flowers and Grasses

Purple Orchid and Pink Ginger

Purple Orchid and Pink Ginger

Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant

Zebra Longwing Butterfly on Red Salvia

Zebra Longwing Butterfly on Red Salvia

We always enjoy visiting McKee Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida, over the Christmas holidays.   The decorations are beautiful in December, and the flowers are always blooming!

McKee Gardens: Amazing LEGO Sculptures!

LEGO Hummingbird

LEGO Hummingbird

LEGO Almost 7 Foot Tall Rose

LEGO 7 Foot Tall Rose

LEGO Close-up of Rose Petals

LEGO Close-up of Rose Petals

LEGO Swallowtail Butterfly

LEGO Swallowtail Butterfly

LEGO Swallowtail Butterfly in Bamboo Grove

LEGO Swallowtail Butterfly in Bamboo Grove

LEGO Dragonfly on Pond

LEGO Dragonfly on Pond

LEGO Koi and Waterlily

LEGO Koi and Lilypad

LEGO Frog on Lilypad

LEGO Frog on Lilypad

LEGO Victoria Waterlily

LEGO Victoria Waterlily

Real Victoria Waterlily

Real Victoria Waterlily

LEGO Flying Bee

LEGO Flying Bee

LEGO Rabbit and Fox

LEGO Rabbit and Fox

LEGO Fox in Woods

LEGO Fox in Woods

LEGO Bison and Calf

LEGO Bison and Calf

LEGO Life Size Gardener

LEGO Life Size Gardener

LEGO Life Size Lawn Mower

LEGO Life Size Lawn Mower

LEGO Sprouting Acorn

LEGO Sprouting Acorn

LEGO Goldfinches at Feeder Filled with LEGO Birdseed

LEGO Goldfinches at Feeder Filled with LEGO Birdseed

There is a  special “Nature Connects, a LEGO Brick Exhibition” currently on display at McKee Gardens, Vero Beach, Florida, from January 16 – April 12, 2015.  The sculptures are incredible!  Artist Sean Kenney has transformed children’s toys into real works of art.  His pieces have been shown at galleries, museums, tourist attractions, and on television.  More info about Sean and his amazing LEGO art is at:  http://www.seankenney.com/  Info on visiting McKee Gardens is at:  http://www.mckeegarden.org/  Click on any of the pictures for more detailed information about each art piece.

Florida: December at McKee Botanical Garden

Pink Bromeliad Blooming (Friendship Plant)

Pink Bromeliad Blooming (Friendship Plant)

Close-up of Friendship Plant Flower

Close-up of Friendship Plant Flower

Orchid Tree Blooming

Orchid Tree Blooming

Purple Waterlily with Spotted Lilypad

Purple Waterlily with Spotted Lilypad

Giant White Spider Lily (Crinum species)

Giant White Spider Lily (Crinum species)

Palm Frond Patterns

Palm Frond Patterns

Holiday Flamingo with Pom Poms on Head

Holiday Flamingo with Pom Poms on Head

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Christmas Balls

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Christmas Balls

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Pink Ribbon

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Pink Ribbon

Inflated Snowman Resting on Lawn

Inflated Snowman Resting on Lawn

There is always something blooming at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida.  It is especially fun to visit in December when the holiday decorations are up.  Florida truly is the “Land of Flowers”.  More info is at:  http://www.mckeegarden.org/index.php

Florida’s McKee Gardens: Flower Power

Purple Waterlily with Purple Center

Purple Waterlily with Purple Center

Beautiful Green Reflection on Waterlily Pond

Beautiful Green Reflection on Waterlily Pond

Yellow and Pink Waterlilies Together

Yellow and Pink Waterlilies Together

Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid

Mutated Bicolor Waterlily (yellow and peach)

Mutated Bicolor Waterlily (yellow and peach)

Frilly White Waterlily Flower and Heart Shaped Leaf

Frilly White Waterlily Flower and Heart Shaped Leaf

Tall Purple Waterlily

Tall Purple Waterlily

Dark Pink Waterlily with Yellow Center

Dark Pink Waterlily with Yellow Center

Yellow Waterlily Beside Textured Leaf

Yellow Waterlily Beside Textured Leaf

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Purple Waterlily

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Purple Waterlily

Pink Angel's Trumpet Flower

Pink Angel’s Trumpet Flower

Frilly Lavendar Waterlily

Frilly Lavendar Waterlily

White and Pink Waterlilies Together

White and Pink Waterlilies Together

Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily

Banana Flower with Fruit

Banana Flower with Fruit

Banana Flower Cross Section

Banana Flower Cross Section

Blue Skimmer Dragonfly on Purple Waterlily

Blue Skimmer Dragonfly on Purple Waterlily

Infrared Image of Coconut Palm

Infrared Image of Coconut Palm

It has been a beautiful year for flowers at McKee Gardens.  There is always something in bloom.  Come and visit sunny Florida – the weather is perfect!

McKee Gardens: Waterlily Beauty in Summer

Glass Balls on Pond

Glass Balls on Pond

White Waterlilies

White Waterlilies

Pink Waterlily

Pink Waterlily

Purple Waterlily

Purple Waterlily

Apricot Waterlily

Apricot Waterlily

Lavender Waterlily

Lavender Waterlily

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

Lotus Seed Pod

Lotus Seed Pod

Lotus Leaves with Water Drops

Lotus Leaves with Water Drops

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Waterlily Bud

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Waterlily Bud

The waterlilies are at their peak bloom at McKee Gardens in summer. Florida truly is the land of flowers!

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